Attempted Murder Charge After Botched Bel Air Burglary

Police said the homeowner fought the accused burglar with a baseball bat.

A Bel Air man has been charged with attempted murder in an attempted break-in and stabbing in the Village of Thomas Run neighborhood during the weekend.

Sean Michael Certeza, 24, of the 1800 block of Oxford Square in Bel Air, was arrested and charged on Nov. 20 with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and a weapon charge.

The charges stem from an incident early Sunday, Nov. 18.

Around 6:15 a.m., a woman living in the 1800 block of Glendale Lane told her husband she heard noises in the basement of their townhome, according to a statement from the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The husband then went to the basement, where he saw someone outside the basement door, police said.

The resident went upstairs, got a baseball bat, then went to the backyard and confronted the other man, hitting him with the bat, according to police.

The two men struggled on the ground and the suspected burglar cut the resident in the shoulder, police said.

That night police brought Certeza in for questioning and he confessed to the attempted break in and assault, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies later searched his home and found evidence linking him to the crime.

Certeza lives in the same neighborhood as the victims. He was being held at the Harford County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Gil November 28, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Just read the Maryland Judiciary Search for this guy, he's toast this time I suspect. A trend is a trend until it ends. This one is headed for conclusion..
Gil November 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
So let me see if I follow your logic, became seaguel. Guy attempts to break into someones home but is discovered by the homeowner who clubs the perp with a baseball bat. Bandit then pulls a weapon, a knife, and slices the homeowner. And the guilty party in your mind is the homeowner attempting to protect his home and family? I understand the problem much better now. People like you are the problem. With that logic, your day will come.
im just sayin November 29, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Years and years ago I new this kid and ill tell you now he was sober then and he we still a creep! Ive always kept my distance. He was born bad! No hope for him!
NW Manor February 13, 2013 at 09:11 PM
I don't know if this has been said already...there are so many comments. But has anyone noticed how the break-ins in the area (Thomas Run and Tudor Manor) have completely stopped since this loser has been caught? I hope they will be able to link him to those as well.
Payforwhatyoudo March 07, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Good news. This worthless piece of dog sh*t plead guilty and took a 30 year sentence. They should have locked his spineless, enabling mother away too.


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